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COVID -19 Updates for Orientation



The health and safety of our future Bengals are of our utmost priority. We are also working hard to maintain the health of our current campus community. We ask that in anticipation of your visit to campus for orientation, that you review the covid-19 protocol information below. If you should have any questions please contact our office.


Do I need to be vaccinated in order to attend Buffalo State College?

Yes,  ​​​​​A recent change in SUNY policy no longer requires students to have booster vaccination shots to attend in-person classes. The SUNY COVID-19 Vaccine Policy remains in effect and requires all students who will have a physical presence on campus to provide evidence of, at minimum, the initial course of COVID vaccinations or have an approved exemption on file with the Weigel Health Center. For more information and updates on COVID-19, please visit the Coronavirus Information website. For more information on where to upload proof of your vaccine, please visit the Weigel Health website


Do I have to submit my proof of vaccine? 

Yes, ALL students must submit proof of vaccination/booster status to the Weigel Health Center either in person or via email to


Is Buffalo State accepting vaccine exemptions?

New students seeking a limited religious or medical exemption, or any student seeking a temporary remote-learning exemption for the spring semester, should visit the Weigel Health Center website for additional information.


Where can I get tested for the Covid-19? 

First and foremost, if you are scheduled to attend orientation and fall ill or feel like you may have come in contact with someone with covid-19, we ask that you stay home and reschedule your session. If you feel you need to be tested for covid-19 at any point during your time in Buffalo the Weigel Health Center has compiled a list of local testing sites you may access.

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

No, Following a recent change in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local guidances, Buffalo State College lifted its mask mandate in all indoor and outdoor campus spaces as of Wednesday, March 2. Masks will be optional for all members of the campus community and visitors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

However, the federal government’s face mask requirement for health care settings and public transportation does remain in effect. Students, faculty, and staff are reminded that masks must be worn, regardless of vaccination status, while visiting the Weigel Health Center, the COVID testing center in Buckham Hall, while riding the campus shuttle, or while on board an NFTA-Metro bus or train.

Buffalo State will remain in close contact with our partners at the Erie County Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health, and the State University of New York as we enter this new phase of the pandemic. Should conditions or guidance change, we will make necessary modifications to our COVID-19 protocols and communicate those updates to our community.

To be clear, if any member of the campus community wishes to continue wearing a mask while in a classroom or office setting, they are more than welcome to do so. Students or visitors in need of a face mask may visit the Campbell Student Union Information Desk. Faculty and staff members may request masks from Environmental Health and Safety via e-mail.


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